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Sickness and health between men and women

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Rosenman-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Gender and personality matter in how people cope with physical and mental illness, according to a paper by a Washington State University scientist and colleagues at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. » More …

Grant helps injured employees get back on the job

By Kevin Dudley, WSU Spokane

Smart-80SPOKANE, Wash. – A nursing professor at Washington State University Spokane has developed materials to save time and money for employees, employers and the state’s Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). » More …

Illness-causing fungus spreads to Washington state

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Cocci-fungus-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A fungus found in semiarid parts of the Southwest that sometimes launches a lethal illness has been identified for the first time in Washington state soil, leading public health officials and an internationally known fungal expert at Washington State University to believe the organism is quietly spreading to the Northwest. » More …

Human tissue, data study eyes nuclear impact

 

RICHLAND – Tucked away in a metal-sided warehouse at the Richland Airport, WSU researchers sift through years, even decades, of data files and human tissue samples in an attempt to track how previous nuclear workers were affected by plutonium, uranium and other nuclear-industry related elements.

 

The project is called “The United States Transuranium & Uranium Registries,” (USTUR) and is operated by the WSU College of Pharmacy, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Health and Safety.

 

“The project is to basically increase the confidence in the regulatory system for protecting workers and also, by extension, members of the public … » More …

No known cases of swine flu in Washington state

No cases of swine flu have been detected in Washington state, according to a press release by the state’s Department of Health, and the risk of exposure is currently low.

 

Both the Department of Health and the national Centers for Disease Control have issued several press releases on the swine flu outbreak and posted informational Web pages regarding the situation.

 

As of this morning, the CDC had identified approximately 40 cases of swine flu nationwide, with no identified cases in the state of Washington.

 

Although the risk of people of contracting the swine flu in Pullman  is low, WSU’s Pandemic/Contagious Disease Group is monitoring the … » More …

Report illness, injury with new online form

As of the new year, there is an easier and faster way to report workplace injuries and illnesses via an online form. The completed form will be routed electronically to Human Resource Services (HRS), Environmental Health & Safety, and the employee’s supervisor.

The revised Safety Policies and Procedures Manual (SPPM Section 25.20) on accident reporting describes how to report incidents using the new online system.

HRS will provide training about the system on request. To schedule a training session, contact Jamilee Gecas at 335-1760 or jdgecas@wsu.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact Gecas or Ed Havey, Environmental Health & Safety, 335-5311 or havey@wsu.edu.

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Complex paradigm may explain elusive illnesses

“It has been suggested by many researchers that these chronic illnesses — with overlapping signs and symptoms — may share a common causal mechanism.”
— Martin Pall

The dragging feeling had come on slowly. For weeks he brushed it away with easy rationalizations, but now he had to admit something was definitely wrong. An insidious “brain fog” had overtaken him — a nightmare for someone who makes a living with his mind. In 1997, Martin Pall was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Nearly paralyzed mentally and physically for the first six months, Pall eventually began to surface and, in moments of clarity, tried to … » More …

Tuberculosis case confirmed by Whitman County Public Health

The Whitman County Public Health Department has confirmed a case of pulmonary tuberculosis in a 20-year-old undergraduate student at Washington State University.Bruce Wright, director of WSU Health and Wellness Services, said he is confident the situation poses no general threat to other students or the population at large. He said health officers have interviewed the patient, family and friends, and other close contacts to determine the potential for exposure and infection. Examinations and treatment (when indicated) of individuals who have had close contact with the patient are underway.  Wright said that tests concluded last week confirmed the presence of tuberculosis in the student who has … » More …